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by Belle
Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

Obviously an excellent outcome for him!!! But I suspect there were other forces at play, such as the willingness to take risk. I couldn't get by myself without reading about companies and taking heed of what share market analysts have to say. Some years ago I did a course where I learned to read fin...
by Belle
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 6
Views: 104

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

Interesting comments, especially those about period instrument performances (which I mostly prefer myself). I'll try and get those Goodman versions from Amazon; thanks for the tip. From what I've read about Schumann (quite a lot) the suggestion was that it was his uncertainty and timidity which caus...
by Belle
Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

As I said, I disagree with the comments of the "observers" who are very different to market analysts whose job it is to advise investors based on thorough knowledge of the movement of individual stocks. And anonymous 'observers' is sloppy journalism. Here in Australia these people are usually (almo...
by Belle
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 6
Views: 104

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

This is very interesting! Schumann had problems as a conductor and seems not to have understood orchestras very well; he lacked authority in keeping them together. I wonder if this lack of understanding translated to his composing for an orchestra?
by Belle
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

As I said, I disagree with the comments of the "observers" who are very different to market analysts whose job it is to advise investors based on thorough knowledge of the movement of individual stocks. And anonymous 'observers' is sloppy journalism. Here in Australia these people are usually (almos...
by Belle
Sun Jan 21, 2018 2:23 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 6
Views: 104

Re: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

Sometimes, if you have an opportunity, you should check out the Mahler Edition of the four Schumann Symphonies. He re-orchestrated them. A good version: Decca 478 0037, 2CDs, with Riccardo Chailly conducting the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Be interesting to hear your comments on his Rhenish! I di...
by Belle
Sat Jan 20, 2018 6:04 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: WSJ: Behind Wall Street's Melt-up

Our stock market generally, but not always, follows yours. These comments are generalizations and mostly wrong: The most recent gains have been powered in part by a sudden hunger for stocks among certain money managers and individual investors who have long been wary of the nearly nine-year bull mar...
by Belle
Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:55 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version
Replies: 7
Views: 75

Re: REQUIEM AETERNAM, Kochel 626 Version

Rubinstein also said "in most countries when people have the flu they go to the doctor; here they come to my concerts"!!
by Belle
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)
Replies: 6
Views: 104

Tennstedt's Schumann Symphony #3 (Rhenish)

I'm preparing for a presentation on Klaus Tennstedt in a few weeks' time and this morning I've been listening to his version of the Schumann 3rd Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic. Well; what to make of this!! It's a big and bold Schumann from a Wagnerian aesthetic - broad in line, slowed down a l...
by Belle
Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:30 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 137
Views: 5306

Re: What I listened to today

Today, in preparation for my 2 programs later this year on the Beethoven Piano Sonatas (for our community music group) I listened to Op. 7 and Op. 26, 27 and 28 . All stunning works where Beethoven pushed the envelope. I feel you can track Beethoven's evolution as a composer through this entire opus...
by Belle
Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Things have come to a pretty pass: Durbin says 'sh**hole', Cotton/Perdue say 'sh**house'. Let's call the whole thing off
Replies: 7
Views: 178

Re: Things have come to a pretty pass: Durbin says 'sh**hole', Cotton/Perdue say 'sh**house'. Let's call the whole thing

I just found this comment under an article in an online political journal and I think it makes sense. It makes sense if the essence of the matter is Trump's vulgarity. But that's only one aspect of the story. The bigger problem for me is that Trump used vulgarity to express his preference for white...
by Belle
Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Things have come to a pretty pass: Durbin says 'sh**hole', Cotton/Perdue say 'sh**house'. Let's call the whole thing off
Replies: 7
Views: 178

Re: Things have come to a pretty pass: Durbin says 'sh**hole', Cotton/Perdue say 'sh**house'. Let's call the whole thing

I just found this comment under an article in an online political journal and I think it makes sense: I've lifted it verbatim. "Trump’s statements are unacceptable for a president of a nation. He should behave according to the dignity of his office. But we live in a world of constant vile swearing o...
by Belle
Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: My favorite 21st century music
Replies: 2
Views: 98

Re: My favorite 21st century music

I'm absolutely unable to see or hear any links which are provided now on CMG so I cannot hear anything of the work you've discussed. It's just a blank page. This seems to have happened since Lance fixed my new password, as I was recently locked out for God knows what reason. I'm glad "Fiji" isn't be...
by Belle
Sun Jan 14, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Death of Pierre Pinchmaille
Replies: 0
Views: 85

Death of Pierre Pinchmaille

The death has been announced in the last days of this superb French organist. Here he is in action improvising on the Cavaillé-Coll, St.Denis:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFiiJSLpb0o

And bringing the house down after the mass!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okr71Cat2Qo
by Belle
Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 419

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

What do you think of Pollini in 2012?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndv73B-pVas
by Belle
Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 527

Re: The most-performed composers

I just wish there was a piece, apart from a few by Arvo Part, that I could say "oh yes, I think that is something special". I think that about the keyboard works of Ligeti, but that's already 'old'!! It's a start.* And Ligeti was writing his Etudes for piano (Of his works, these are my favorites) u...
by Belle
Wed Jan 10, 2018 10:46 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 527

Re: The most-performed composers

Firstly, you did write "several decades" (which I took as 70 years) in your post and with regard to the rest, as usual, I leave it to a third party to decide for him/herself when reading. Naturally I don't want art music to die either, but judging by the size of Asian audiences and performers it has...
by Belle
Wed Jan 10, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 527

Re: The most-performed composers

Read Walker's 3 volume biography of Liszt and you'll see that he performed many other works besides his own. He was a generous champion of Beethoven and Schumann. Brahms didn't only play his own works. See Swafford. And Pierre Boulez conducted the work of other composers. You have to blame the audie...
by Belle
Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 527

Re: The most-performed composers

I don't think my comment is 'several decades out of date'. That would take us back to WW2 and there were very many great composers of that era whom we all love to hear today. They were certainly not creatures of the university system. And you say the culture has changed to a performer-oriented one. ...
by Belle
Wed Jan 10, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: The most-performed composers
Replies: 24
Views: 527

Re: The most-performed composers

What is the criterion for "performance"? Andre Rieu? Wiener Philharmoniker Neujahrskonzert? Small events in provincial centres? I'm wary of these kinds of lists and rankings since we know nothing about the 'control group'. And maestrob's point is well made; if modern music was better than it is more...
by Belle
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:42 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Carlos Kleiber contested by rowdy La Scala audience
Replies: 0
Views: 142

Carlos Kleiber contested by rowdy La Scala audience

Somebody has put together these two instances of disruption during the performance of "Othello" in La Scala with Kleiber on the podium in 1976. From what I've been able to briefly ascertain the persons doing the shouting objected to Kleiber's reading of Verdi's intentions. If anybody speaks Italian ...
by Belle
Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:10 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 137
Views: 5306

Re: What I listened to today

Why do you say that this "is not Papa Haydn at all"? The work seems splendid to me and I'm largely unfamiliar with Haydn's first 50 or so symphonies. Here's another version of it on period instruments where the tempo is faster and the texture thinner:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNjhvHBY-qc
by Belle
Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: James Damore sues Google
Replies: 2
Views: 135

Re: James Damore sues Google

These folks had better have very deep pockets if they intend to take on Google in court. I suppose they're hoping for a settlement. I think crowd funding is part of the mix. My understanding is that they're not hoping so much for a settlement as wanting the world to know about Google's employment p...
by Belle
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 137
Views: 5306

Re: What I listened to today

Haydn's Symphony No. 39 in G minor is a wonder, isn't it? Not "Papa Haydn" at all. Pb--y2XC3Ls https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pb--y2XC3Ls I first heard it on an old Haydn Society recording conducted by Jonathan Sternberg with a Vienna orchestra, produced by H.C. Robbins Landon (who may also have p...
by Belle
Mon Jan 08, 2018 9:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: James Damore sues Google
Replies: 2
Views: 135

James Damore sues Google

This will be one to watch because it will essentially be a test case: https://techcrunch.com/2018/01/08/james-damore-just-filed-a-class-action-lawsuit-against-google-saying-it-discriminates-against-white-male-conservatives/amp/?__twitter_impression=true Jordan Peterson is also considering his option...
by Belle
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 889

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

One wonders why the homeless don't move to a cheaper city to live; presumably most don't have jobs, so cheaper accommodation could be found in other places. Same in Sydney; I always ask myself why they don't move to a small country town and at least the rent would be covered by their welfare payment...
by Belle
Mon Jan 08, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 889

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

As I write this there's a raging lightning and thunder storm producing (as usual) NOT A DROP OF RAIN. I can only think of this at the moment while the lightning is frighteningly close to the house, cracking unimaginably loudly Belle I couldn't even enjoy music, TV, computers, etc under conditions t...
by Belle
Mon Jan 08, 2018 2:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...
Replies: 30
Views: 889

Re: Freezing cold ... a good day to ...

It was horrific, Barney, and almost as bad today. As I write this there's a raging lightning and thunder storm producing (as usual) NOT A DROP OF RAIN. I can only think of this at the moment while the lightning is frighteningly close to the house, cracking unimaginably loudly: https://www.youtube.co...
by Belle
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Spiked online" identifies the 'New Pearl Clutchers'
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: "Spiked online" identifies the 'New Pearl Clutchers'

I read late last night that the Hudson River has frozen!! Has that happened in living memory? I hadn't heard of it before. Today we face another horror stretch of weather and I feel sorry for the people who have to work outside. Same, of course, in your country where you could freeze to death in no ...
by Belle
Sat Jan 06, 2018 11:58 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Spiked online" identifies the 'New Pearl Clutchers'
Replies: 5
Views: 184

Re: "Spiked online" identifies the 'New Pearl Clutchers'

"Pearl Fishers"!! LOL. I won't comment on your President as he's not my President and it would be presumptuous. But I think the "Spiked" article I've posted makes a lot of sense. One thing; nobody cares about the working class anymore in many western countries - particularly the US and UK. They are ...
by Belle
Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: "Spiked online" identifies the 'New Pearl Clutchers'
Replies: 5
Views: 184

"Spiked online" identifies the 'New Pearl Clutchers'

"Spiked online" self identifies as a left wing publication. MEET THE NEW PEARL‑CLUTCHERS PATRICK WEST COLUMNIST 5 January, 2018 Today it’s the liberal-left who punish moral transgressor s. In 2017, it was often remarked upon just how intolerant and censorious the liberal-left has become. How times h...
by Belle
Fri Jan 05, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 419

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

My own preference is for Op. 109, though Op. 111 comes very close. I'm presenting a program on the Beethoven sonatas for our community music group later this year after having presented a preparation program a few weeks in advance on ' The Piano Sonata; its history and development '. I find I just c...
by Belle
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 419

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

And yet I've heard some people complain about Michelangeli's "idiosyncratic" performances. We've all got our preferences, obviously.
by Belle
Fri Jan 05, 2018 3:49 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 419

Re: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

I follow the score every time I listen to these works and there are plenty of pianists who don't observe all the markings. I know the versions of which you speak but I prefer the Kissin because it gives me pleasure to hear him doing all those 'wrong' things with a particular freshness which also pro...
by Belle
Tue Jan 02, 2018 5:52 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111
Replies: 13
Views: 419

Kissin's Beethoven Sonata Op. 111

I've been listening to and watching Kissin's Verbier Festival performance of Op. 111 and I must say it is a knock out!! The ending was particularly affecting and I was already weak at the knees by this stage. I'm used to Richter, Kovacevich and Brendel in this repertoire, but I'm finding Kissin is r...
by Belle
Tue Jan 02, 2018 3:51 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 14
Views: 469

Re: Season's Greetings

(I'd like to tell you about my son's upcoming trip to the US with one of our political leaders but he'd sanction me if I did so!!) Well of course I'd love to know more but understand why I can't! Regards, Len :lol: PS-how about your plans for coming to NYC! I just had an email from a friend in Spri...
by Belle
Tue Jan 02, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Jordan Peterson talks about relationships and when to end them
Replies: 0
Views: 149

Jordan Peterson talks about relationships and when to end them

This magnificent psychologist/university professor tells his students how to deal with relationship problems and, as usual, he talks a great deal of sense!! I've passed this onto somebody who is having problems and am sure it will have some relevance. I'm sure there are many people living in hell be...
by Belle
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 14
Views: 469

Re: Season's Greetings

>Do it Len; wonderful!!< Belle your trip sounds just wonderful-wish I could! Regards, Len I hate the airport experience where you have to check in your own bags, print your own luggage stickers and apply them and scan your passport electronically (and these seldom work!!). The taps in the toilets a...
by Belle
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 14
Views: 469

Re: Season's Greetings

Well, I don't think there's too much in the way of culture when compared to NYC!! But they do have everything geared for tourism, which can be rather expensive; boat rides through fjords, ski lifts and resorts for winter, lift chairs to top of mountain over Queenstown, helicopter and aircraft rides ...
by Belle
Mon Jan 01, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 14
Views: 469

Re: Season's Greetings

Off to Godzone, eh? A wise decision. Most beautiful country, acre by acre, on earth. Happy Christmas and all other festivals you may observe (or not) to my fellow CMGers. We travelled 2300km through the south island, which included Fjordland. We visited many little hamlets on our journey and were m...
by Belle
Mon Jan 01, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue
Replies: 99
Views: 4162

Re: Levine finally getting shamed, decades overdue

...it would be important to know if that's true. IIRC, personal attacks of a similar nature occurred about a year ago re: the Dylan Nobel Award. No doubt then about who was posting them b/c there were replies from me and other members and follow-up responses from the poster. The person who wrote th...
by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:38 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 14
Views: 469

Season's Greetings

I'm off to New Zealand in the next couple of days and won't be here for the Festive Season so I'm wishing everybody here on CMG a happy Christmas and Festive Season and prosperous and healthy 2018. We'll be back in time to watch the Vienna Philharmonic's annual New Year Concert with Riccardo Muti. S...
by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 137
Views: 5306

Re: What I listened to today

You have to take into account that I'm a Yank and don't speak English properly. :D Otherwise, I enjoy the rest of your work. :lol: But seriously, Americans use English differently at times. Just as one example; we watch "Cops" and on that reality program the police always ask, " where's he live a t...
by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:23 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dido and Aeneas Article
Replies: 8
Views: 435

Re: Dido and Aeneas Article

I've always wondered whether "Dido and Aeneas," with the leading role of Aeneas for a bass, can really have been written for a girls' school and first performed there by the students. This article answers no questions but raises lots of them. Of the alternatives, I'm inclined to believe it was firs...
by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Dido and Aeneas Article
Replies: 8
Views: 435

Re: Dido and Aeneas Article

Although I admire Purcell for other reasons, Dido has always seemed to me a mediocre work except for its famous finale. It seems intentionally unpretentious, to coin a phrase. I love the work and when I presented it this year to our music community group, together with other theatre works by Purcel...
by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 137
Views: 5306

Re: What I listened to today

This was the social strata from whence (is that an archaic word?) You don't see "whence" often nowadays, or "whom" for that matter. But since "whence" means from what place or source, "from whence" is one word too many. :) When I was at school " from whence he came " was a standard phrase!! Ergo: "...
by Belle
Fri Dec 15, 2017 2:14 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: What I listened to today
Replies: 137
Views: 5306

Re: What I listened to today

Kulaks were peasants wealthy enough to own a farm and hire labor. That is, they were wealthy until Stalin collectivized agriculture and took away their land. This was the social strata from whence (is that an archaic word?) the Prokofiev career was launched; they were effectively peasants who owned...
by Belle
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:11 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Penderecki
Replies: 8
Views: 539

Re: Penderecki

I'll take a listen to the Penderecki " Paradise Lost " tomorrow as we are hostages indoors because of days of century temperatures here and bad fires in the area (most, if not all, deliberately lit). So, for the moment it is nearly "paradise lost" since it is the wine growing area which has been 'li...
by Belle
Thu Dec 14, 2017 7:02 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Facebook reconsidered
Replies: 11
Views: 503

Re: Facebook reconsidered

It's called UseNet, and its "forums" are called NewsGroups. RMCR (rec.music.classical.recordings) is such a group, and though it is not what it once was, it still contains lots of useful information on a slew of classical music topics and relatively little these days in the way of trolling, flame w...
by Belle
Wed Dec 13, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: CMG Review of Books
Topic: "Paradise Lost"
Replies: 27
Views: 2900

Re: "Paradise Lost"

Wonderful, erudite comments!! Much appreciated.